I've just come back from Barcelona so this refreshing recipe seems sort of fitting. Instagram is my favourite place to get inspiration but it can be a little heart wrenching when your feed is full of people posting pictures from a tropical island (putting my hands up, I've been guilty of that!). Agua fresca is a popular, Mexican soft drink that is based on fruit, sugar and water - all good things in my book!
If you have a juicer, this recipe will be super easy, but I just used a regular food processor and it all worked out fine too. My recipe probably isn't all that traditional as I didn't add as much sugar as the recipes I found suggested, but it is super refreshing and I can just imagine myself sipping one of these while sitting at a roadside taqueria.
To make 1 medium jug:
2 whole cucumbers, peeled and roughly chopped
Large bunch of mint
5cm piece if ginger, peeled
1/4 cup sugar*
Water and ice
If you're using a blender/food processor, throw everything except the ice in and blitz until smooth. Then strain and pour over ice into a large jug. If you have a juicer, pass the cucumber, mint and ginger through the juicer and mix in the jug with the water and sugar before adding ice.
*You can adjust the sugar to taste. I wasn't expecting to want any sugar but as this recipe doesn't include any fruit, a little was needed. If you would prefer not to use any sugar, add a few green apples or a splash of pineapple juice.